It’s been a while….
It’s been a while since I have posted here but that doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to say…. Check out my facebook and instagram pages as well as my Etsy Shop to see all the new things I have been working on!
Etsy Metal Charm Swap 15
Every 6 months Etsy Metal holds a charm swap. Members sign up and everyone creates a charm to swap with each other. Everyone participating also makes 2 extra charms. One to be sold in the team shop as a charm and the other to be turned into a charm bracelet which is also sold in the shop but the proceeds go to a childrens art organization chosen by the members. This post is to show you the progression of my charms and how they were made….
Step 1: I have made molds from some carved stones that I would like to make into metal clay charms. I’m not sure what kind metal clay I will be using as of yet. They will be either made from copper clay, white copper clay or bronze clay…or maybe all of the above!
Step 2: I have used CopprClay to make little skulls from the molds I made last week. For those of you who know anything about pottery they are in the “greenware” state at the moment. Which means they have not been put in the kiln and are still soft enough to work like clay. I still have to let them dry a little more, clean them up and fire them in the kiln before they will become metal.
Step 3: I buried the the little skulls in a pan filled with carbon. I put the pan into the kiln and fired the pieces for 2 hours. When they are done they look like this:
Step 5: After they are oxidized. I put them in the tumbler to polish them and then they are ready to go! I have this little charm on chain for sale in my Etsy Shop…. I can’t wait to see what everyone else has made for this swap!
2015 Challenge…a single earring a day
Yes, that is correct. The challenge is to make one single earring a day everyday for 2015. And here they are….my first week’s worth of single earrings! I am really enjoying this challenge so far. I even have my next few days worth of earrings all designed out already! I love the look of long shoulder duster earrings and since these are meant to either be worn as a single earring or to mix and match for an asymmetrical pair I can get very creative and make them very long. I am going to see how many combinations I can come up with using only sterling silver, copper and white or copper freshwater pearls. These will all be listed in my Etsy shop by the end of the week!
Happy New Year!
It’s been a while since I have posted so I have lots to say today! I am starting off the new year with a new Jewelry Challenge…an earring a day for 365 days. Yes that is correct. 1 earring a day. They will be listed in my Etsy shop and sold as single earrings. Other members of Etsy Metal as well as non members will be doing the same thing. You can buy them as single earrings or mix and match them with other earrings listed in my shop or other participants shops. What a great way to support artists as well as make yourself a great asymmetrical earring set! Everyone participating will post updates on the 2015 one earring a day facebook page so keep checking to see what has been made! I am hoping to get started today later or tomorrow with the photos…..
I also have added lots of new work (and lots sale items…up to 60% off) to my Etsy shop…. Out with old, in with the new! I have lots of new ideas for new work this year and need to clean out my studio in order to make the new pieces so its a win, win for everyone!
I’ve been working on few new pieces…I just love Labradorite and how pretty it looks when the light hits it just right to produce the lovely blue color flash in the stone and I’ve been playing with some CopprClay lately too (the heart and wings in the last photo are made from CopprClay). I am loving all the detail you can get with it plus I am trying to come up with an idea for a CopprClay workshop that I would like to offer at some point this year. Below are some of the new pieces I have made this month….And of course they all incorporate wire in one way or another as well!